The Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, revealed on Monday that some members of the state House of Assembly, who recently defected to the Peoples Democratic Party from the All Progressives Congress, were given N50m each to sell their mandates.
The governor made the revelation when he addressed the different groups of youths on peaceful protest to the State House in Benin,.
Oshiomhole said his administration was unperturbed by “the defected lawmakers’ action but went on to say the lawmakers have no chance of being re-elected because of their poor performance.
“They now decided to benefit from the desperation in different parts of the country by selling their mandate for N50m each. They have collected advance payment of N35m.”
“When I read this in the newspapers, initially, I didn’t believe. But going round, people tell me they are buying new vehicles, others are rebuilding their hotels. Suddenly money is flowing.
“Obviously, I think it is important that if democracy is going to survive, each promise must be kept because in the last election, I had to go and do a television advert when the PDP people said this election was not Oshiomhole’s election. Therefore vote for individual candidates, I went on television to say that a vote for these House of Assembly members was a vote for Adams Oshiomhole.
“I had to do that because Edo people were not going to accept some of these people and I had to remind them that if they do not vote for them they would create problems for me. Now the vultures have come and they are offering money and people are collecting money and making all kind of excuses.”
Many of the people who defected from the APC could not win election on their own merit in their own polling unit.
“They were voted for as ACN with the broom. If you were vote for as ACN, with the broom, how can you now go and replace it with an umbrella that is torn and abandoned.
“People with little mind will think that they can sell their constituents with thirty-five million or fifty million depending on when they will get their balance and with time more truth will be revealed and when it is revealed a lot of these people will not be able to walk through the streets of Oredo and Ikpoba Okha.
“Those who voted some of them do not have a thousand naira but those they have voted for have chosen to sell it for a huge sum. As far as I am concerned, we are stronger. Edo politics will be cleaned up and the cleaning is already here”, he said.